I can't tell if she likes it or not.
Hmmmm. Let us take a closer look.
Wait a second, I think I see a smile! And look – she's dancing!
It's a hit!
Here are all the juicy details.
Pattern: Pea Pod Baby Set by Kate Gilbert (free from Interweave)
Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic – I used three and a quarter balls.
Needles: US 4 long circular, aluminum, Susan Bates I think
Other stuff: I have learned a lot from this little bitty sweater. I have absolutely no idea how to properly sew buttons on a knitted item. I wonder if my instinct to just tie 'em on really tight was okay. Is there a correct way to apply buttons? Nonetheless, the buttons really made it look like a real sweater. After I put them on, the whole thing came together.
The neckband also was a bit perplexing, but it seems to have worked out alright. When I began picking up the stitches, I thought it would be okay to try a few times, but it looked okay after the first try.
I also have no idea how to sew seams. Well, I did look it up in some of my books, so I sort of knew what I was doing. I felt like I was winging it, and even so, the seams look pretty good, though I am not about to take close-ups of them. Just as with the buttons, I wonder "Is this right? Is there a better way? If a super-knitter was to turn this inside out, would they gasp in horror or gently nod approval?"
In conclusion, I am really in love with my first sweater. It's not perfect, but none of the imperfections were horrible enough to get this frogged or stuffed toward the back of the pile or anything. I'm ready for my next challenge! Bring it on!